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SANAA, Yemen- The World Health Organisation (WHO), said on Saturday, that, the diphtheria outbreak has killed at least 91 people in war-torn Yemen, since late Oct.

A total of 1,725 suspected cases of diphtheria have been recorded, in 20 of Yemen's 23 provinces, compared to 1,516 suspected diphtheria cases, with 84 associated deaths, reported on Apr 3.

Diphtheria, which spreads through sneezing, caused by a common cold, has mainly infected children in Yemen.

Also in the day, a UN-backed national campaign for immunising children against diphtheria was launched.

In Mar, the WHO, the UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and Yemen's health authorities launched a large-scale vaccination campaign across the country, to combat the disease.

The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war, since Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country militarily and seized all northern provinces, including the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an Arab military intervention coalition in Yemen since 2015, to support the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Houthi rebels forced him into exile.

The UN has listed Yemen as the country of the world's most serious humanitarian crisis, where seven million Yemenis are on the brink of famine, and cholera has caused more than 2,000 deaths.


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